, 05.06.2015
Variant Configuration for Automotive Manufacturer

Variant configuration at an automotive manufacturer is essential and crucial - especially if the variant configuration...

Variant Configuration for Automotive Manufacturer

Variant configuration at an automotive manufacturer is essential and crucial - especially if the variant configuration needs an upgrade. Data, methods, processes and IT-systems are affected by such a transformation, which TCI partners did accompany for several years.

Several host based variant configuration systems had to be replaced by a modern application. Within this reorganization also the logic was expected to be optimized and the possibility to use the data within other applications to be improved.

The project scope was determined by a pre-study. It was decided to implement the application based on a SAP application server. This was due to the technological advantages of the SAP system and the integration into the SAP based product data management.

In a first small realization step the master data for vehicles and special equipment were developed in the new application. The second step focussed on the variant configuration rules like serial equipment, constraints, exclusions, packages and their scheduling.

The new application was well accepted, so an additional business unit contacted the project to integrate their excel based variant configuration rules into the application. After a functional enhancement to maintain an additional level of rules, it was possible to maintain country specific rules within the application.

In order to distribute the data a new modern master data hub has been realized, which made it possible to integrate several target systems.

The last implementation step was to develop an enhancement for sales rules. Following the implementation and migration phase an additional host application - where these rules are managed up to now - will be replaced.

The advantages of the solution are a faster maintenance of the rules, a better transparency of rules within the multilevel rule base and the good possibility to distribute the data.

TCI partner Patrick Müller acted as an advisor to the customer during the pre-study. He specified the application for rules as well as the country specific rules together with other consultants and did recently lead the conception of sales rules as project lead and consultant.

Wien, 26.05.2015
The diversity of TCI security projects

The problems might differ from client to client and as a result different projects develop. The following examples give...

The diversity of TCI security projects

The problems might differ from client to client and as a result different projects develop. The following examples give an insight on the various challenges that our clients have to deal with.

Case 1: IT Audit of a Webportal (Healthcare)

Our client has decided to offer internationally medical analysis as a service via a web portal. Based on real data provided by clients it is possible to determine the likeliest disease of new patients. It is not only the medical data of clients, but also the analysis is very important, so it is crucial to protect it.

Finding weak points within the newly developed web application was the goal of this examination and afterwards making proposals in order to diminish the risks.

We identified four main groups to be taken into account:

Case 2: IT-Audit of backup and restore

Backup and restore of data are provided by our client. Multiple incidents in this service was the trigger of this audit, of which the clients had to be informed. That led to the loss of trust.

The goal was to find out whether the currently carried out data backup are according to „the state of the art“ and whether they meet the client’s requirements. The entire environment of those services was closely looked at, as well as the used technologies and organizational and technical security measures were analyzed and adequate recommendations for improvements were elaborated.

Case 3: detection and control of the compliance requirements of a bank

Our client has the challenge to capture all relevant compliance requirements in the field of IT within its global organization and has to sign and monitor agreements with all external service providers. It should be noted that the Bank shall be liable as principal for the violations of its service providers. Trigger of the project was the fact that this could not be guaranteed.  Supplementary changes in the service contracts led to higher costs because these were additionally charged by the service providers.
Within the project, the conditions are currently being created to cover all compliance requirements. A specially developed software for contract management is to ensure the result that these requirements are taken into account in contracts with service providers.

Wien, 19.06.2015
TCI Partner Meeting June 19/20, 2015 in Eschborn

All TCI Partners are invited to join our meeting in Eschborn. Please save the date June 19th starting at...

TCI Partner Meeting June 19/20, 2015 in Eschborn

All TCI Partners are invited to join our meeting in Eschborn. Please save the date June 19th starting at 1pm and June 20th until 2pm.

Sales and our practices will present the newest update on our activities and we have the opportunity to visit a datacenter.

To join us as a guest, please contact our partners or recruiting@tci-partner.com.


We are transformation experts and solved most issues more than once.

TCI Facts

We will have to get used to it: The state of change is a permanent condition for companies. The globalization of commodity, financial and information flows, business combinations, demographic change, innovation and the digitization of processes in production, sales, logistics and administration require constant adjustments to strategy, processes and organization. Owners, employees, customers, suppliers and managers must be involved in these changes and implement them. Fundamental changes in the business we call business transformation.

Standstill does not exist and the time window to reflect and experiment becomes shorter and shorter. This means a business transformation projects to be implemented in less time and with established teams. Frequently transformation experience is limited, and rarely in sufficient numbers in their own companies available.

TCI provides you with an experienced consultant, project manager, interim manager or established teams to implement your transformation projects and offers:

Experience have the TCI partners acquired about average 20 years in managerial and executive positions as Managing Director, Senior Vice President, CIO's, senior consultants in the fields of information and communication technology (ICT), plant and machinery, automotive, manufacturing, energy, health, chemical industry, banks and insurance companies.

Extensive experience in a responsible roles in global transformation projects in the DAX, MDAX, S & P companies in the areas of strategy and business development, sales, purchasing, project management, service, human resources and information technology make the difference for your project. We like short- or long-term commitments abroad.


Systematic and proactive development of our methods, industry and professional skills in 4 practices to ensure that our customers receive the best possible TCI answers to their questions and a strong partner in change processes at their side. In our practices current market trends are analyzed, evaluated and passed on to our customers as recommendations.


TCI as contractor takes over responsible for promised results and the fulfillment of the promise of all partners involved.

The TCI Enterprise Transformation Cycle (ETC) was developed from the transformation experience of everyday life and is constantly extended by new experiences. With more than 200 guiding questions in 4 topic areas, the ETC allows an effective start into your transformation project.

Contact us for an exchange of information.

Our Practices

Four teams constantly develop our methods and capabilities, evaluate trends and provide guidance to our customers.

Business Transformation

Manage transformation
Lean processes
Governance & Compliance

ICT Transformation

Service Management
Performance Management

Project Management
Change Management

Your Function

What is your responsibility within the company?
We find solutions and assist you in implementing the changes in your area.

Who we are

"We live and love changes. We love and live projects."
Wolfgang Schnober, Managing Director TCI

TCI Partners

We are a group of independent, autonomous and practical experienced partners. The structure of TCI guarantees our customers at the same time a high degree of reliability and commitment in fulfilling our promise. Systematic and proactive development of our methodologies and industry expertise in our communities of experts ensures that our customers receive the best possible answers to their questions and thus state of the art support for future business challenges.

Wolfgang Schnober


Manage complex IT projects and business transformations successfully; bring people and technical changes together.


Managing Director TCI, responsible for the practice ICT Transformation

Independent consultant since 1998 - acting in the role of program manager or interim CIO. Senior expert in global IT and telecommunications industry (including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Hungary, Switzerland) and manufacturing industry.

Before 1998 20 years of experience in line management of various large and IT companies.


Complex infrastructure and / or IT projects, organizational development, realignment / reorganization of enterprises

+49 621 496084-0

Ronald Geiger


Transformation of organizations and networking enterprises. 


Managing Director TCI, responsible for business development, sales and partner management.

10 years management consultant with a focus on strategy, transformation- & change management, managing an international management consulting, Board member IT Service Company, CIO and Head of group productivity.

Consultant, entrepreneur and investor since 2011


B2B Development, Start-up Coaching, Group- and Department Strategies, Business- & IT Transformation, Technologie- and IT Strategy, globale productivity programs, Post- merger Integration, Change Management.

+49 170 9126422

Wolfgang Hellriegel


Successful transformations with experience and passion.


TCI Managing Partner, ressponsible for TCI business in Middle East / North Africa (MENA) and profitable project business.

Engineer in Computing Sciences, Project Manager, Profit Center Manager, Managing Director, Executive Board Member, international experience.

Management consultant since 2000.


Enterprise development and transformations, management of disproportionate growth and turnaround in technology and service industries. 

+49 170 4523946

Dr. Walter Gerdes


Critical to own success will be the contributions to the success of the customer.


TCI Managing Partner, responsible for business-, process- and IT transformation.

20 plus years of experience with responsibilities in operating assets and general management of large IT service providers. International management experience (6 years in the USA).

Since 2002 consultant for executives in large companies for strategic projects.


Support of complex business transformations from planning to implementation. Fitting of the IT alignment in the corporate strategy.

+49 171 228 2972

Uwe Fischer


No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that we created them. Albert Einstein.


TCI Managing Partner, responsible for the practice project management.

Over 20 years of experience as an executive in the process and information management as well as internationally as a management consultant for process and organizational development for industrial companies.

Independent consultant since 2003 with a focus on project and program management, facilitation of stakeholders, monitoring and development of project managers and executives. Current focus: Transformation in small and medium-sized businesses, increase profitability with projects, interim management.

+49 621 496084-0

Martin Bergmann


Strong experience in transformations ensures success.


TCI Managing Partner, responsible for partner management and business development for large customers. Conduct extensive international transformation projects.

Degree in economics and computer science. Structural and process organization (automobile company). Business Process Development (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft). Development of an IT Management Consulting (Technology Group)

Strong understanding of organizational development. Sense of long-term staff development and promotion. Holistic view of project management.
High sensitivity to transformation management. Entrepreneurial and sustainable thinking and action. Tackling complex tasks. Risk-aware management responsibility.

+49 171 2228839

Peter Steinhoff


The inclusion of company-specific values and standards are a key success factor in transformation projects.


TCI Managing Partner, responsible for the practice Business Transformation, Key Account Manager.

Since 2009 TCI consultant in DACH, India and middle east.

15 years line responsibilities as CFO, Head of Strategic Corporate Controlling, Post-merger integration, carve-out programs.

Study of the cultural industries at the Universities of Passau, Charleston and Quito and communications technology.


complex transformation projects in Finance, Controlling, Performance Management,  Accounting, IT, M&A, Post-merger integration, Carve Out, business development and growth strategies for India. 

+49 621 4960840

TCI Network

I work with TCI, because I want to conquer the market for business transformation and change management with the reliable and experienced colleagues, which I found at TCI."

Christiane Richter, TCI Partner